This Christmas spare a thought for the dozens of people who will be taking refuge at the Salvation Army Centres around the country. The S.A Centre in Central Newcastle is a wonderful place and I was lucky enough to meet the ladies who run it with great good humour, sensitivity and warmth. They will be working all over Christmas looking after their residents.
I have beeen collecting toys, with a number of others, for further distribution to churches and children, using the Salvation Army as a outlet: it has been very successful and the presents keep on coming. We will take more after Christmas if needs be, but in the interim the Hexham Courant published my letter last week on this point: